I’ve put together a wild little plan to ship my 1975 Pistachio Green Van to Liverpool England where I will embark on what will undoubtedly be the adventure of a lifetime. The goal is to drive from England to Turkey where the real adventure begins. Watch this space and join me on the adventure.
VanLife – A new adventure
What should have been a simple little hand off of keys turned into a mini mis-adventure and I haven’t even left yet.
The shipping company insisted I purge the propane tank in order to get it on the ship. Because the tank is almost 45 years old and has a leak when in the off position, I concluded that the only way to purge the propane was to let it leak out manually.
Mechanic Mark’s Garage - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
Trouble in paradise
By 7pm we were putting some final touches on the electrical/solar system and Mark the mechanic decided he didn’t like the sound of the engine and took apart the carb. ‘You’ll never make it’, he says. At 10pm, minutes before a 10,000 mile journey he tells me I’ll never make it? By the time I get home it’s 3am, I don’t have the van, we don’t know where the carb parts will come from (1975) and the ferry needs my van by Friday 11am and I have a 14 hr drive to get there. Let the good times roll!
The van from the sky
14 drive from Ottawa to Halifax and only one stop to pop the drone up in the sky. The DJI Mavic Air is going to be incredibly handy on this adventure.
Chasing wild dreams in a pistachio green spaceship 💫🚌 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
Off to the races!
It all worked@! Parts came in from Montreal in 4 hrs. Mechanic mark rebuilt the carb and I left for Halifax at 11am this morning! Here we go!
This guy: Mark. I found him on Kijiji and he's been a life saver ever since. He's also one of the funniest and quirkiest human being I've ever met. He saved my butt big time on this project. Rebuilt the carb on the fly. Sourced parts that were un-source-able. Rebuilt the steering. Sorted out my solar. Drove me home at 3am. Gave me an awesome deal. I mean, what more can you ask for? If you need a mechanic in the Ottawa area be sure to look up the Wheel Genius. Thank you, Mark!
Delivered on time
First I was about to take off from Ottawa and the entire van smelled like gas. Mechanic Mark forgot to tighten the fuel filter clamp. Thankfully, landlord George helped me out. I then drove 14 hours straight from Ottawa to Nova Scotia through the night and watched a fiery red sunrise before racing against the clock to resolve a few final issues.
1) Had to run the van to empty and then manually fill the tank because the gas gauge doesn’t work. No problem.
2) Had to resolve a leak in the antifreeze container, which I never resolved. I did my best.
3) I dropped the van off at the ferry, bypassed the entire line of people waiting, met the broker, got help from the nice people at the shipping port, left the keys, signed a paper, raced to the airport and caught my flight back to Ottawa. Now I wait.
I’m a touch concerned they won’t load it onto the ferry because of the tiny leak in the excess coolant container. Positive vibes out to the Universe for a little helping hand. Once it’s loaded hiccup free, packing begins and I wait for it to sail across the ocean which should take 6 days. There is a massive series of cruxes to unlock with the actual adventure, but for now, this is the most important part.
Dear Universe and shipping port people: Your play. Please be kind. 🙂🙏🏼.